First cases of flu confirmed in Niagara

Niagara Region Public Health has received laboratory confirmed cases of flu. The flu is a respiratory illness which causes fevers, coughing, sore throat, body aches and pains.  It is spread by coughing, sneezing or coming into contact with surfaces or objects contaminated with the virus. Severe cases can lead to serious breathing problems or pneumonia.

Public Health would like to continue to encourage residents, six months of age and older, to get their flu shot by visiting your doctor, a participating pharmacist, or Public Health clinic. To locate a clinic near you visit www.niagararegion.ca/health.

Additional measures to prevent getting or spreading the flu include:

  • Clean your hands regularly
  • Cough into your elbow, arm/sleeve or tissue
  • Clean and disinfect frequently-touched surfaces regularly
  • Stay home if you are ill

Those who require medical attention for flu should visit an urgent care centre, walk-in clinic or a health care professional. Public Health discourages visiting friends and family in long-term care facilities or hospitals if you are ill with the flu or have flu-like symptoms.

Information about flu and weekly flu activity can be found on www.niagararegion.ca/health. Activity will be updated every Tuesday during the months of November to May.

For more information, call Niagara Region Public Health Infectious Diseases program at 905-688-8248, ext. 7330 or toll free 1-888-505-6074.

Contact

Dr. Andrea Feller
Niagara Region Public Health
905-688-8248 ext. 7213
andrea.feller@niagararegion.ca


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